Interview with K.S. Marsden

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has definitely made my work more accessible. There is no limit to the platforms you can use.
Plus, when it comes to promotions, there is no huge, time-sensitive stress.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to get lost in the world of my creation. Escapism, pure and simple.
It is even more amazing after my work is published, that I often get asked about the characters and hints of the future. It's as though they are alive and very real, not just for me, but my audience too.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are amazing. I've had such huge support since I came out as a writer in 2013. I remember being absolutely terrified that no one would want to read the nonsense that came out of my head, I couldn't have imagined how fantastic the reaction was when I brought out my first book; and again with the second and third.
What are you working on next?
I have four projects jostling for attention at the moment.
There will be two prequels to the Witch-Hunter series, to cover James' and Sophie's stories. These are looking at a 2016 release.
There's a stand-alone demon book that is in a very sketchy stage.
And there is a good old fantasy book that is currently in editing and will be released later in 2015.
Who are your favorite authors?
I think it's very hard to say who my favourite authors are.
As a kid, I couldn't get enough of Elyne Mitchell (The Silver Bumby); Bonnie Bryant (The Saddle Club); and C.S. Lewis (Narnia).
As a bigger kid, I have really enjoyed J.K. Rowling and Matt Haig. Plus the indie authors Scott Andrews; L.A. Starkey; Lindsay Buroker; Josie Brown...
Reading is still an addiction for me, I have to force myself to set aside time to write!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have three roles to play on a daily basis, and I love them all.
I have a fantastic 9-5 job, where I get to give people advice on feeding horses and other animals.
I used to be a professional horse trainer (dressage darling!), and I still teach riders and school horses, most evening and weekends.
And of course, I am an indie-published writer. Which means not only am I busy writing, I am also tackling the murky depths of self-promotion that come with it!
I think the hard part for me is not to get out of bed, but to get into it and waste six hours sleeping every night!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get daily emails and newsletters from several websites, that bring my attention to what might interest me. I love downloading free books; then if I'm hooked, I'll usually buy the rest of the series or other work by the author.
I also run The Northern Witch's Book Blog, which promotes indie writers, so I tend to get free ebooks from authors in exchange for honest reviews (some very honest reviews!).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, my parents were recently doing a massive clear out of their house, and they found some boxes of my baby stuff.
There was a hand-written (with drawings, too) book called the Princess of Light. It was all about a Princess who was kidnapped by a wicked witch, to be a servant in her castle.
I don't remember writing it, but I was obviously hooked on the idea of witches from a young age!
How do you approach cover design?
I think that most times, a cover can sell a book, without even looking inside it. Some just catch your eye and keep drawing you back.
Unfortunately, I haven't an artistic bone in my body.
The original cover for my first book The Shadow Rises, was done by my sister. She was one of the few people that knew I was publishing my work, and luckily she is a dab hand at deviantart and photoshop and all those other things that just baffle me.
When it came to my second book, baby sis was away at uni doing Forensic Science (the brainy git), and didn't have time to do any more covers. So I went onto Twitter and put out a simple request for a cover designer.
I was put in touch with Beth - www.sylermedia.co.uk - who has gone on to do the covers for my entire Witch-Hunter series. She is amazing, and I can't say enough how she has made my books look absolutely addictive!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five favourites? Huh, this is probably the hardest question I've come across. I think I'll give my 5 favourites in the last year.
Deceived - L.A. Starkey
This book is how YA fantasies are supposed to be. It's how many try to be and fail miserably. It has a strong lead character, who isn't afraid to stand up for herself, and is a role-model for girls. It sweeps you along and entertains you, despite the slow-building drama.
Yesterday - Samyann
A romance with an historical twist, this is actually two stories seperated by centuries, woven together beautifully.
Emperors Edge - Lindsay Buroker
My favourite series. Seven books set in a steampunk empire, with some of my favourite characters that I have ever come across!
Summer Solstice - K.K. Allen
A take on witches that reminds me of The Secret Circle, yet is refreshing and original at the same time.
Cast of Stones - Patrick W. Carr
Possibly my favourite book of the year. A fantasy that feels arthurian, but has so much going for it.
Published 2015-01-29.
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Books by This Author

Awaken (Northern Witch #2)
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 39,500. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
Mark has everything he ever wanted. He is training to be a fully-fledged witch; and he is dating the hottest guy at school. But events from last winter have set things into motion that he is not prepared for. Witches, demons, and danger come together to prove that this... this is only the beginning.
The Shadow Falls (Witch-Hunter #3)
Series: Witch-Hunter, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,130. Language: British English. Published: September 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » General
~The thrilling finale of the Witch-Hunter trilogy~ Hunter Astley has always known that he is different: being a witch-hunter that can use magic has sealed his fate. He must destroy the Shadow Witch once and for all, with the help of some unlikely allies. We delve even deeper into the world of the Malleus Maleficarum; into myth, rumour and history that refuses to stay in the past.
James: Witch-Hunter
Series: Witch-Hunter. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,470. Language: British English. Published: October 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » General
James Bennett is a Yorkshire lad, making the big move to Oxford to start university. His ambitions involve getting a good education; impressing the Rugby Club; and not throttling his roommate. All perfectly normal drama, until Hallowe'en. A girl's murder throws James into the dangerous world of witches, and those that hunt them.
The Shadow Reigns (Witch-Hunter #2)
Series: Witch-Hunter, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,640. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The world has been thrown into darkness by the Shadow Witch's revolution. The witch-hunters are scattered, but still strong. The race is now on to gather allies and win the war. New enemies will arise; loyalties will be pushed to the limit. And an important question will be answered: can a witch-hunter that practices magic ever be trusted, or will he be persecuted?
Winter Trials (Northern Witch #1)
Price: Free! Words: 17,180. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
With Midwinter just around the corner, Mark's Nanna decides that it is time he learnt more about his family heritage. Learning witchcraft shouldn't be too difficult, right? Balancing school, magic, and the distractions of the gorgeous new guy, should make this a very interesting winter.
The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1)
Series: Witch-Hunter, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 52,370. Language: British English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Witches are real, and to be blunt, they’re all black-hearted, and evil. Charged with stopping the witches, taking whatever measures necessary are the witch-hunters, all reporting to the Malleus Maleficarum Council. The best the MMC has to offer, the talented seventh-generation witch-hunting Hunter Astley has his own part to play. In his own way.